After first studying Geology and enjoying the fieldwork and the
research I did. I left the academic world to quickly discover my skills and
passion were actually working with people, especially children.
I initially tried to merge these two areas and was a field
studies instructor at an outdoors centre, then went on to train and teach at
Secondary level but realized that formal teaching wasn’t for me.
I became a Community Play Ranger (CPR) not understanding ‘Play’
or ‘Playwork’. I initially just went out with a bootload of looseparts, sports
things and fire equipment and let the children have fun playing outdoors.
It wasn’t long before I was blown away by Play - a whole facet
of human existence that I hadn’t explored or understood before. I was soon
engrossed in the theories and the practice. My outlook on children’s lives and
development has now radically changed largely down to the experience of doing a
Playwork level 3 NVQ with Meynell. Alongside this I have now completed my first
couple of years of training in Play Therapy and am fascinated by how these two
As a CPR I provided open access play sessions in all weathers,
all year round across different parks and estates in Bath. I have run sessions
in infants, juniors, mainstream and special schools. One of my favorite aspects
of being a Play Ranger was running the street play sessions by blocks of flats
in central Bath and seeing how Play transforms firstname.lastname@example.orgSessions Being Delivered